September 04 2011
In the Nubra Valley – a 120km drive from Leh in the Ladakh region of India – you have to take one of the world’s highest motorable passes to get to the remote refuge of Tirith Camp (through Wild Frontiers – www.wildfrontiers.co.uk; from Rs3,600, about £50, full board), a family-run encampment of 30 tents surrounded by an orchard and an organic garden.
The alternative is fly-camping up here with Shakti (www.shaktihimalaya.com; from $2,784 per person, five nights, all-inclusive, with transfers), which creates sophisticated itineraries in India’s mountain regions, combined with smart homestays. Recently overhauled with chic, smart bathrooms, the Ladakh houses now offer ultimate creature comforts out in the wilderness. (Pictured: rafting towards Thiksey Monastery with Shakti in Ladakh.)